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Students in Pioneer Valley High School’s Introduction to Architecture class work on a floor plan of a community center Tuesday during the first phase of the Santa Barbara County High School Architectural Design Competition at Santa Ynez High School.

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School juniors Antonio Barret and Stephen Ribet have been named in the group of 12 finalists for the 23rd annual Santa Barbara County High School Architectural Design Competition.

The first part of the competition was held Tuesday at SYVUHS to determine the top 12 finalists among 51 students representing eight county public and private high schools between Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. Seven of the participating schools, all but Santa Barbara High School, have at least one finalist.

Ribet won the contest last year and Barret earned third-place honors.

The finalists will present their designs individually Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. before a jury of architects at Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road. Winners will be selected based on creativity, solution of the problem and clarity of the presentation. The public is welcome to attend.

The top 12 finalists will receive cash awards. The winner gets $300.

Solvang architect David Goldstien presented a design challenge requiring the students to design a community center. Requirements included consideration of energy and resource efficiency in the construction and operation of the building and grounds, accessibility for all users, regardless of physical limitations, and a maximum 35-foot height, according to the scenario.

Dos Pueblos High School leads the way with four finalists. They are Jodi Balster, Andrew Gaytan, Kurtis Switzer and James Taylor.

The remaining finalists are 2012 finalist Genevieve Hatfield, Anacapa School; Emma VanSteewyk, Dunn School; Ian Bankhead, Laguna Blanca School; Esmeralda Gonzalez, Pioneer Valley High School; and Simone Andreetto and Alyssa Katich, San Marcos High School.

Open to all county high school students, the contest is coordinated by Goldstien and sponsored by the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley and the County Education Office’s Regional Occupational Program.